by Kurt Regschek (1923-2005)
the Krkonoše Mountains (Giant Mountains, Riesengebirge, Karkonosze),
a mountain range along the border between the historical lands Bohemia
and Czech folklore. Rübezahl was first mentioned in 1565
as 'Ribicinia' in a poem by Franz von Koeckritz
'Rübezahl' after Martin Helwig, 1561
Moritz von Schwind (1804–1871): 'Rübezahl'
In legends, Rübezahl is a capricious giant, gnome, or mountain spirit.
With good people he is friendly, teaches medicine and gives presents. If
someone derides him, however, his revenge is severe. He sometimes plays the
even while the sun is shining. He took the appearance of a monk in a gray frock (like
Wotan in his mantel of clouds) and holds a stringed instrument in his hand -
the storm harp - and walks so heavily that the earth trembles around him